Saturday, September 26, 2020

On the Run to Recognize Raymonds

Roger and Karen Raymond (right) with the Marco Island Charter Middle School girls Gulf Coast Athletic Conference track championship team last spring.

Roger and Karen Raymond (right) with the Marco Island Charter Middle School girls Gulf Coast Athletic Conference track championship team last spring.

By Roger LaLonde

Kyle Grucci and Dr. Patty Poling are on the run for Roger and Karen Raymond.

The Raymonds have announced that they are leaving Marco Island for Orlando, due to family health reasons. After being leaders in their fields for 18 years, the Raymonds will be leaving Marco Island Charter Middle School.

Due to a short time frame, Grucci and Poling have been hustling to put together a “Raymond Going Away Run” at Mackle Park, beginning at 8 AM on Sunday, August 28.

Grucci, who coaches basketball, along with Poling and husband Dr. Bob, who have had four children experience the Raymonds’ cross country and track programs, started by creating an Evite email.

In their email, they recognize the Raymonds’ contributions to the children of Marco Island are immeasurable, in and outside the classroom. They ask that, “If you, or your children have been lucky enough to have Karen and Roger influence your lives, please join us for a run around Mackle Pack, followed by a light breakfast.”

A “what to bring” list is attached to the invitation, and an RSVP is requested.

If you have photos of Roger and Karen with their students, in sports or in musicals, please send them to Patty Poling at poling.patricia@yahoo.com. Letters from students are also requested for a memory book, which is being put together by Ellie Poling and Kristen Pertonzio.

In the email recipients are asked to “spread the word.”

The email link for the invitation is evite.me/23NCzAZsM4 or share/message it on Facebook.

For further questions call Grucci at 413-244-6014 or Poling at 239-248-2886.

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